Classical Archaeology

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This Master’s degree study programme is aimed at deepening knowledge related to classical archaeology. The possible specializations in issues of specific cultural areas that form the profile discipline of the field are emphasized. Extending the specialization relates not only to deepening the knowledge of the area of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, but also the periods immediately preceding (the Aegean civilization) and following (late antiquity and the Byzantine period). In type A/required courses (especially seminars), particular attention is devoted to problematic and super-structural issues of the study programme and its critical analysis in a broader context.

Master’s degree study programme students have the opportunity to actively participate in the university’s archaeological research teams (excavation sites Priniatikos Pyrgos and Oxa - Kalos Lakkos Crete). They also can be directly involved in the process of evaluating and publishing the latest scientific results.

This Master’s degree study programme has been designed to allow the use of modern analytical and interpretative techniques, to develop and cultivate the theoretical and methodological knowledge of previous studies, and to prepare graduates for independent research and scientific activities. One goal is to familiarize students with the knowledge obtained in practice and to allow qualified graduates their choice of job or further scientific activities, including doctoral studies in related study programmes.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • scientifically and socially evaluate the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained during the study
  • perform independent work on international research teams and participate in comprehensive scientific issues
  • present scientific results at international scientific forums and lead a scientific dialogue on an appropriate professional and linguistic level; write and publish quality academic texts
  • organize and complete archaeological excavations, prepare smaller projects, and lead small research teams
  • complete educational and popularization activities (lectures, exhibitions, excursions, and workshops)

The comprehensive knowledge of the theory, methodology, and practical techniques of the field of study qualifies graduates to be involved primarily in scientific, cultural, and educational institutions. Given the very broad field of study, the graduates are able to apply for a range of career opportunities and work positions at home, or to embark on a career abroad in tourism, journalism, editorial offices, publishing houses, and other fields. The significant practical, interdisciplinary, and international orientation of the study prepares graduates for work in positions requiring a common cultural and historical overview, and gives them the separate organizational activity and decision-making skills that are particularly required in the commercial sector.


The standard duration of the studies is four semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students in the single-subject programme must earn a total of 120 credits; students in the double-subject programme must earn at least 70 credits for diploma studies and 50 credits for non-diploma studies. Type A/required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and students in both the single-subject and double-subject programme are required to comply with all these courses (37 credits). Students in the single-subject programme and double-subject programme diploma studies further earn 30 credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis, in the double-subject non-diploma studies programme they must earn 10 credits for courses focused on writing the Master’s minor thesis. Type B/selective courses represent at least 33 credits in the single-subject programme, and at least 3 credits in the double-subject programme (both diploma and non-diploma studies). The remaining credits can be obtained from type C/elective courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme.

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.


Practical training is an obligatory part of the curriculum for this field, for four weeks. Professionally oriented practical training abroad in the frame of an international scientific team is a high priority of the study programme. Part of the practical training can take place in a museum or other archaeological institution.


The main requirement for completion of the studies and graduation is to pass the final state examination and successfully defend the Master’s thesis. The questions correspond to the main courses and assigned subject areas of the Master’s degree programme. The final state examination has an oral form and examines student knowledge in these subject areas: archaeology, arts, and cultures of ancient Greece; archaeology of Etruscan Italy; Roman archaeology, Roman art, and ancient Roman civilization.


After completion of the Master’s studies, it is possible to continue further studies in any doctoral degree study programme (after satisfying the admission requirements).


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Classical Archaeology
Abbreviation: KL
Code: 7105T032
Type: master's degree programme (following the bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N6107 N-HS Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts